Diabetes is a growing issue in our nation. in 2013 the US spent $100 billion on care for patients with diabetes. Little do people know how often diabetes can be managed and sometimes overcome with a change in diet.
That is why Geisinger is launching their “Fresh Food Farmacy” by providing free food and medical services that help in aiding this problem. 1 in 10 people have diabetes and it is expected to raise to as high as 1 in 3 people come 2050. Growing this program and getting knowledge out to people on this issue will start to bring down the number of diabetic cases we’re seeing.
- People with severely limited incomes are often faced with difficult choices that lead them to buy inexpensive, nutrition-poor food.
- People who are food insecure, meaning they cannot reliably get nutritious food, are more likely to have diabetes and to be obese and in poorer health.
- One in 10 people currently has diabetes, and it is estimated that by 2050 the figure will rise to one in three.
“This program, our Fresh Food “Farmacy,” has had clinical impacts superior to those provided by medications that cost billions of dollars to develop, and has done so at dramatically lower cost.”
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